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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Learn to Crochet -- Close Scallops Stitch

The Close Scallops Crochet Stitch which I am going to show you in the following video is what I am using to make an afghan which will be a wedding gift for one of my nieces who is getting married in November. I chose this stitch for several reasons:
  • It is a stitch I had not used before and I wanted to see if it would be a good one for an afghan.
  • It is reversible and that has become a prerequisite for any stitch I use to make an afghan. I really do not like afghans or baby blankets that have a right and wrong side.
  • It is a stitch pattern that is a simple repetition of one single crochet and four doubles so it does not require following a complicated pattern.
  • It is a fairly flat stitch pattern, with just a little bit of texture to it, and it doesn't leave big holes in the fabric for fingers and toes to get stuck in.
  • It is a pattern that works up quickly because of the double crochets, and combined with the bulky weight yarn I am using and the size K crochet hook, this afghan is coming along pretty quickly. It might even arrive before the wedding!

So here's the video showing how to work the Close Scallops Stitch in Crochet.

If you are interested in trying this stitch, here is the pattern for it:

Chain multiple of 6 plus 1.

Row 1: Sk first 3 ch, 2 dc in next ch, * sk 2 ch, sc in next ch, sk 2 ch, 4 dc.* Repeat from * to * until 3 ch remain. Sk 2 ch, sc in last chain.

Row 2: Ch 3, turn. 2 dc in first sc, * sc between posts of 2nd and 3rd dc, 4 dc in sc.* Repeat from * to * until last half scallop remains. Sc in space between turning chain and dc.

Repeat Row 2 to desired size.

Close Scallop Crochet Stitch sampleThis is the sample piece I made while doing the video. You can see the small holes that are made from stitching the 4 double crochet stitches into the single crochet from the previous row. This is happening on the sample because, for demonstration purposes, I am using a crochet hook that is two sizes larger than what is recommended for this yarn. In the pictures of the afghan I am making with this stitch which I will show you tomorrow, you will see that the holes all but disappear. Some people don't have a hang-up about holes in afghans, but I do!

One other note on this video: I mention towards the end that this stitch pattern does not require stitching into the top of any stitches, only in the spaces between stitches. This is not accurate because the scallops themselves are stitched into the single crochet stitch between the scallops of the previous row. It is the single crochet that is stitched between the posts of the doubles and into the space made by the turning chain. I just thought I should clarify that in case it caused any confusion.

If you're looking for a quick-to-stitch project, pick up some chunky or bulky weight yarn and a big hook and give Close Scallops a try. Let me know if you like it.

Happy Stitching!

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  • I enjoy your tutorial videos. They are very detailed and easy to follow. I do crochet too and have made some afghans and some baby layettes also. Also, I received the give away I won from the fall quilters blog giveaway you particiapted in. And all the gifts I received were just great! The candles smell so good even before burning them in the votive holder. And I can't wait to try the apple cider tea. The pin cushion was just beautiful. I'm going to use it daily. And all the other items - thread, spool of ribbon, apple buttons are great additions to my sewing box! Thank you again!

    By Blogger gin, At October 21, 2008 at 5:38 PM  

  • Hi Mary Grace!
    I love watching your video...looks like something I'll add to my list to crochet...you're a great teacher...can't wait to see the video tomorrow for the Noah's Ark Blanket!
    God Bless You,
    Merry :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At October 21, 2008 at 6:08 PM  

  • I'm a newbie crocheter and your videos are AMAZING! I especially love how you take us through each row of the pattern so that we understand exactly where the pattern is saying to stitch and how. This is SO helpful! I'm currently using the close scallop stitch pattern to crochet up a lapghan in Lion Brand Wool-Ease with a size N hook. It's whipping up in a jif! My question: once I get to the end of my lapghan, how to I make the beginning row look like the end row? I'll end up with scallops on one end and a straight edge on the other end. Can I go back and add scallop edging on the straight edge? And if so, how would I do that? Thanks!

    By Blogger Knit Purl Gurl, At February 23, 2009 at 11:03 AM  

  • Best tutorial for my first attempt at a pattern beyond plain stitches. Very clear and easy to follow plus a beautiful variation. Thank you. michelle

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At March 28, 2011 at 9:12 PM  

  • thank you! easy to follow pattern, a new stitch to apply to scarves, cowls, wraps etc, fun!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At December 29, 2011 at 10:05 PM  

  • Thank you so much for sharing yet another beautiful stitch!
    I love this stitch and I am using it for a baby blanket.
    I was wondering, if you have any ideas for a border that would go well with a scallop stitch blanket?

    Thank you

    By Blogger Unknown, At July 3, 2013 at 3:00 PM  

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